Pit bull tears off 4-year-old Oklahoma boy Axel Foster’s arm

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Pit bull tears off 4-year-old Oklahoma boy Axel Foster's arm

A 4-year-old Oklahoma boy had an arm completely ripped off by a pit bull while trying to pet some puppies at his grandparents’ home, according to police and his distraught mom.

Little Axel Foster lost his right arm after putting his hand inside a dog pen Friday night while being looked after by his dad’s parents in Tecumseh, police told KFOR.

Responding officers found him waiting outside with his grandmother, with the limb completely missing under the shoulder.

“The child’s arm was still in the pen,” Tecumseh Police Chief JR Kidney told the outlet.

“When officers and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm, the dog became aggressive to them,” he said.

One of the responding officers, Aaron McCormick, wrote in the police report that he “could see the arm inside, and one of the puppies was trying to chew on it.”

Chief JR Kidney with the Tecumseh Police Department.
Chief JR Kidney said the poor boy’s arm was still in the dog pen when police and animal control arrived.
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One of the dogs was shot and killed as officers tried to recover the arm, police said.

Foster’s mom, Destiny McDow, said they “raced to the hospital,” but surgery to reattach her son’s arm was unsuccessful. She’d earlier said in an online fundraiser that the boy was “fighting not only to keep his arm but his life.”

“How could this happen?” she asked KFOR, saying her son was supposed to be in his father’s care.

Axel Foster GoFundme
Surgery to attach the boy’s arm failed, and a GoFundMe says 4-year-old Axel Foster is fighting for his life.
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Axel Foster's mom, Destiny McDow
In an online fundraiser, Axel Foster’s mom, Destiny McDow, alluded to an “incident” that occurred when he was in his father’s care that led to him being placed with his grandparents for safety.
KFOR

Police and city officials are investigating whether the youngster was supervised at the time of the grisly attack. If not, his grandparents — who were not identified — could face child neglect charges, the police chief said.

“I’m hoping it was simply an accident that the child was able to get to the pen, but we will look at everything,” Kidney said.

The top cop said he had witnessed “some pretty brutal dog bites” before “but never a complete amputation.”

Footage from the scene
Police are investigating if Axel Foster was supervised when he reached into the dog pen. If not, his grandparents may face child neglect charges.
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“To be over just an innocent-type thing of wanting to pat some puppies, it’s just devastating,” he said.

“What kind of Christmas is this child gonna have now? What kind of life, in general, is this child gonna have now?”

Axel Foster
Tecumseh Police Chief JR Kidney said he’s seen brutal dog bites but never a full amputation.
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